Dinners last week were a combination of brilliant successes and slight disappointments. The moroccan-style seafood stew was magic, and if it works again next time I'll post the recipe! On the other hand, the chicken & peanut stir fry was not up to the same standard as the first time we had it. Still nice, but just nice, not amazing. And I managed to steam up the cups and glasses cupboard with red curry paste fumes, so that every cuppa I made for the next few days tasted disconcertingly of red curry paste. Hmmm.
On my top 10 list of brilliant recipe books. I love it.
This week, pancetta pasta is making a repeat appearance due to morphing into puttanesca pasta instead last week. The planned visit to the deli didn't happen (it's hard to make pancetta pasta if you don't have any pancetta), but hopefully it will happen today! At least having had a plan last week (and a growing awareness of what's in my fridge and pantry) meant that it wasn't too complicated to come up with an alternative on the spot. Normally we probably would have ended up with takeaway!
This week in our house:
Monday: Pancetta pasta (my recipe, here)
Wednesday: Leek & bacon pilaf (delicious Feb '05, p. 78)
Thursday: Moroccan beef stew (Marie Clare Cooking, p. 98) Hopefully with leftovers for the freezer
Sunday: Vegetable & barley soup (Every Day in the Kitchen, p. 35) Hopefully with leftovers for the freezer
What's being eaten in your house this week?
*This Tuesday is our regular fortnightly dinner with friends, and we're on dessert. Unfortunately, last week one of them discovered he was lactose and fructose intolerant, and he loves good food, so it really is quite distressing for him! Obviously, now dessert needs to be lactose and fructose free. Any ideas??